This is a sponsored article on behalf of Bishopsgate Institute.
The City of London is known for many things, but culture doesn't usually top the list. Step forward Bishopsgate Institute, a beautiful building in the centre of the Square Mile, which offers an eclectic programme of music events and experiences.
It's right across the road from Liverpool Street station — perhaps it's close to your office? Lucky you if it is — it's a hub of lunchtime and evening events, ideal for after-work entertainment.
Let's take a look at what's coming up in January. The highlight this month is Antonio Pappano in conversation with Ed Seckerson (30 January). Head to the Institute's stunning Grade II* listed Great Hall to hear acclaimed conductor, pianist and Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, discuss his impressive career with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. We reckon this one'll sell out, so grab your tickets now.
More interested in making music yourself rather than listening to others? Take the first steps with a How To Read Music course, beginning on 14 January for six weeks and covering musical notation, structure, form and awareness. Bishopsgate Institute also offers a Discover Your Voice course for any singers out there keen to develop their solo singing style — and that's the 'new hobby' part of your new year's resolution ticked off.
If it's a way to let off steam after a hard day in the office you're after, join the Bishopsgate Choir. It's for beginners and experienced singers, and is a chance to belt out popular classics, gospel, folk, classical and show tunes — and meet new people too.
Finally there's Bishopsgate Institute's lunchtime concerts. They return to the venue in February, taking place every Friday and are completely free, which makes them a far more appealing midday option that tucking into a soggy supermarket sarnie while you stare at a spreadsheet. Bring your lunch along and treat your ears to the sound of a different experimental artist every week — you might just find your new favourite listen. Past performers include electronic multi-instrumentalist Kwake Bass and pianist Mark Knoop. Eclectic indeed.